If you have ever read some of those go-to décor manuals, you’ve probably encountered a multitude of rules that have been there for as long as we can remember, like you have to have a tile wall in the kitchen, but you can’t have the tile wall in the living room. You know what? Those are just ideas, not written in stone, but on a regular piece of paper. And every good professional decorator would tell you to trust your intuition sometimes, even if it means breaking a few rules. After all, all great revolutions started with one person who decided to stand up against the imposed rules. However, if you are a décor rebel without a cause, we’ll give you a few ideas to get you started.
Don’t Paint The Ceilings White
Sure, white ceilings create an illusion of height in the room, but if your ceilings are high anyway, you can add a splash of color and make them more appealing. If you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls you can create a natural flow in the room, without the sudden cut at the top.
A tiny room can also look amazing with the ceiling and the walls painted in darker hues if the function of the room allows it. For example, a family room may seem cramped if you do it there, but a powder room or bathroom would look cozy and pleasant.
Forget All About The Pop of Color
“Every monochromatic outfit and every neutral room must be refreshed with a pop of color”. What if we told you that pop of color is an outdated cliché, both in fashion and décor? Poor neutral colors have been carrying the “boring” tag for too long, and it is about time to give them their five minutes of fame.
The accent color shouldn’t be imposed on them, especially if you want to create a more airy and relaxed space. If you want to add some dynamics, you don’t have to use colors - use shapes, textures and patterns instead.
Layer The Rugs
“More than one rug in one room? Preposterous!” We believe ingenious is the more appropriate word. This rule has already been broken by a number of brave designers who decided to think outside the box, so they basically made your job much easier.
You can use area rugs to define zones in a large room (home office, seating area, entertaining, dining, etc.), or you can add a new rug when you see a blank space that needs to be filled. Create contrast with different styles, use various textures to create a sense of movement, and mix and match several patterns if you’re willing to take that chance.
Do Mix Work & Pleasure
With the growing number of people working from home it seems that every house has a home office of some kind. Designers advise to use one room for only that purpose or some that you don’t spend a lot of time in. There is a similar rule for the bedroom – it should be meant only for sleeping and relaxing. But, the world won’t crash if you place your home office in your bedroom.
There you will have enough peace and quiet to work in, and according to people working in Sydney based office furniture company, you can accommodate a work zone in the corner of your office with nothing more than a floating desk, comfy chair and some shelves.
Remove The Tile From The Kitchen & Bathroom
The conservative decorators would probably throw bricks at us for even suggesting this, but hey, that’s the point. Tiles would make a great dramatic wall treatment and unexpected texture. One idea is to use them in the seating area to make a stunning feature wall, which provides a great backdrop for artwork and cozy furniture, especially if the tiles are in darker hues.
Mixing metals is a big no-no in the fashion world, and this rule is replicated in the décor realm too, but does it really have to be this way? No. Especially not if you know just how awesome gold, bronze, silver, copper and brass can complement each other when used in the same room. If you want to make a real impression combine warm metals like brass and bronze with cool metals like silver and steel.
Use Dark Colors In Small Spaces
Struggling with making your small room look interesting enough without using dark colors? Well, you don’t have to. A small dark room can be made cozier and more intimate if you use deeper hues. Proper lighting plays a major role in the success of this project, though.
What do you say, are you ready to start a décor revolution in your own home? We’ve got your back, you brave rebel!